In two and a half years of blogging, I’ve written a fair amount about the commemoration of war. If those forty posts haven’t been the kind you normally read, consider taking a few minutes this Remembrance/Veterans Day to explore that theme.
First, an array of some of the images of cemeteries, memorials, monuments, and other commemorative sites that I’ve blogged about:
The monumental Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, at Thiepval, France
The Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where (I wrote in August) “the most divisive war in American history is commemorated with as anodyne theme as you’ll find: not just the facade of a house, but ‘Pools, streams and native Minnesota trees and shrubs add to the sense of coming home.’”
The Jewish Memorial at Dachau
Sanctuary Wood, outside Ypres, Belgium: one of the few trees to have survived WWI, decorated with the poppies and crosses ubiquitous on the former Western Front
Jim Smith’s statue of a grieving soldier at the Veteran’s Memorial Park in Wabasha, MN
Erected in Belgium on the 85th anniversary of the Truce (“Lest We Forget”). A few hundred yards behind this cross, Adolf Hitler served in the German Army at Ypres. A few hundred yards on the other side, Winston Churchill briefly served at Ypres.
The Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Belleau, France
A contemporary living memorial: Veterans Park in New Brighton, MN
A poilu takes the place of Christ at Mary’s feet in this post-WWI pieta from the cathedral in Amiens, France
The Veterans Memorial overlooking my hometown of Stillwater, MN
Simple plaques commemorating British rail workers who died in 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 (moved from King’s Cross to St Pancras since I took this picture in 2012)
Victory Memorial Drive in Minneapolis, MN
Emil Krieger’s statues of mourning soldiers at the German military cemetery in Langemark, Belgium
You can also visit my photoblog on military commemoration, Memento belli, where today’s post focuses on the “studiously simple” Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Then if you want to read more… I’ve run series on the commemoration of World War I (in Europe and Minnesota) and World War II (largely as it’s happened here in Minnesota).